Thumbs Down: Turkey Soccer Fans

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Thumbs Down: Turkey Soccer Fans

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Jamison Amerine, Staff Writer

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By now, all of us have been made aware of the tragedy in Paris that occurred a week ago today. Many countries have made an effort in honoring the iconic city, with areas like Dallas and Seattle lighting buildings the same shade as the French Flag to remember those who lost their lives.

Around the world of sports, teams have held a moment of silence before their respective games as an honorary tribute; a sign of respect for a nation that is a part of a world we should all be inclined to keep intact.

In the Turkey-Greece soccer match earlier this week, the moment of silence was interrupted by the large majority of the Turkey fans booing the notion of honoring those victims. Team captain Arda Turan, motioned for the fans to have a sense of decency and cut the nonsense out, but the adamant fans continued raining down the jeers.

The Manager for the club, Fatih Terim, condemned the response exhibited by the fans.

“These whistles damage the image of our country,” Terim said. “There were two matches on Tuesday canceled because of this terror. This is not child’s play. Terrorist threats are very serious.”

The disrespect shown by those in attendance sporting the Turkish red is unfathomable, and really situated a nation of people in a negative spotlight at the hands of a ‘small’ few

Everyone knows the unwritten rules regarding a moment of silence. While the Turkey soccer fans didn’t violate a law, they surely dishonored a social norm.

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